Romeo and Juliet - Act 4 Scene 3

Romeo and Juliet - Act 4 Scene 3
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  • Act 4 - Scene 3 Scene Summary
  • Act 4 - Scene 3 Literary Devices
  • JULIET: "I pray thee, leave me to myself tonight, For I have need of many orisons To move the heavens to smile upon my state,"
  • Act 4 - Scene 3 Literary Devices
  • JULIET: "How if, when I am laid into the tomb, I wake before the time that Romeo Come to redeem me? There’s a fearful point. Shall I not, then, be stifled in the vault"
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  • Juliet sends the Nurse away, to go help her parents with the marriage preparations, so she can be alone to carry out her plan. She soon fears the idea of waking up in her family's burial vault to be surrounded with the terrible air and shrieks of her deceased relatives. Ultimately, Juliet drinks the potion that Friar Lawrence gave to her.
  • Act 4 - Scene 3  Characterization
  • Dramatic irony: when the reader or audience member is aware of something that the characters are not aware of This example demonstrates the literary device because while the Nurse is under the impression that Juliet is only going to pray to the heavens to relieve her sins, the reader is aware that Juliet is going to drink the potion.
  • Act 4 - Scene 3 Characterization
  • Soliloquy: character expresses thoughts to herself, and it does not involve any other characters This example demonstrates the literary device because while Juliet is alone in her bedroom, deciding whether or not she should actually drink the potion, the fears of awakening in her family vault before Romeo, while soon suffocating, are thoughts expressed only to herself.
  • Act 4 - Scene 3 
  • Juliet: -Indecisive -Fearful
  • -"What if it be a poison, which the friar Subtly hath ministered to have me dead," -"Oh, if I wake, shall I not be distraught, Environèd with all these hideous fears, And madly play with my forefather’s joints,"
  • Lady Capulet: -Caring -Worried (about Juliet)
  • -"What, are you busy, ho? Need you my help?" -"Good night. Get thee to bed and rest, for thou hast need."
  • On to Act 4 - Scene 4...
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